Public Panel: Unlocking Live Events in the Highlands and Islands, (Video Archive).

Image Credit: John Grubbs, Wikimedia Commons As part of the AHRC Music in the Rural Creative Economy Fellowship, we held a live public panel discussion about unlocking live events in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, with three leading figures in the Scottish arts scene. The video archive of the debate is available here now: … Continue reading Public Panel: Unlocking Live Events in the Highlands and Islands, (Video Archive).

Open Call: Creative Responses to “Liveness”

The Newcastle University Performance Research Network is looking for short creative responses to the idea of ‘liveness’ in performance. This call is open to anyone in the world, within or outside of the University.   The chosen responses will be hosted on a permanent online exhibition. Responses can be in any artistic form, but must be submitted as … Continue reading Open Call: Creative Responses to “Liveness”

Why streaming offers so little revenue to performers and songwriters

There's a fantastic new academic article out by Ruth Towse that explains in some detail why the 'supply side' of music streaming is so bad for artists and songwriters. It's worth reading in full but for many who can't access the paywall I've summarised it here--a lot more detail missing but this is the basic … Continue reading Why streaming offers so little revenue to performers and songwriters

Sounding Dissent: online book launch with Stephen Millar 4pm, 4th June 2020

Virtual Book Launch 4pm, Thursday 4th June 2020 (online via zoom) Sounding Dissent: Rebel Songs, Resistance, and Irish Republicanism (Music and Social Justice series, University of Michigan Press) Dr Stephen R. Millar (Cardiff University) in conversation with Dr Simon McKerrell (Chair of the British Ethnomusicology Forum & Newcastle University) followed by live Q&A Zoom login … Continue reading Sounding Dissent: online book launch with Stephen Millar 4pm, 4th June 2020

Fully funded Doctoral Scholarships at Newcastle University

If you're interested in doing a PhD with me or one of my colleagues at Newcastle University--do get in touch as soon as possible. The Northern Bridge consortium of universities in the North of England and Northern Ireland operates a competitive process for fully funded fees and living costs for the very best PhD students. … Continue reading Fully funded Doctoral Scholarships at Newcastle University

NAFCo and Anglo/Celtic Traditional Music Symposium

Delighted that there is going to be a really fascinating NAFCo conference next year at Limerick in June 2020--and also that Simon Keegan-Phipps and I will be coordinating a special pre-conference symposium on Anglo/Celtic Music and its peripheries--call for participants now, deadline 31st January 2020. North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2020 Call for Participants The Irish … Continue reading NAFCo and Anglo/Celtic Traditional Music Symposium

Towards Practice Research in Ethnomusicology (DRAFT) for comment

I'm uploading a draft version of the paper I presented at ICTM Bangkok 2019 here for comment. Given that there's been quite a surge of discussion internationally about the role and place of performance research or artistic research in ethnomusicology, I'm posting a draft of a paper I'm working on here. I'd dearly love to … Continue reading Towards Practice Research in Ethnomusicology (DRAFT) for comment